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Lake trail is a walker's paradise

Thursday, July 13, 2006

STATE PARK: The Herb Garden at Mammoth Spring State Park is maintained by the Mammoth Spring Garden Club.
MAMMOTH SPRING STATE PARK -- The Spring Lake Trail at Mammoth Spring State Park has been renovated, and park officials invite anyone to use the trail.

"Exercise has become a routine with many of our park guests. The lake trail at the park is a perfect place for those with the walking bug to come and exercise," said park Assistant Director Glenda Pryor.

"Just because we are located in Fulton County does not mean the residents of Cherokee Village and Sharp County cannot make the short journey up U.S. 63 to walk the lake trail," she said.

The trailhead of the 6/10th-mile trail is located directly behind the Tourist Information Center. The trail loops back to the starting point and is mostly flat. The trail opens at 6 a.m. and closes at dusk.

The trail loops around one of the largest natural springs in the world. Visitors are reminded by park officials to leave plants, animals and waterfowl alone on or near the trail.

There are 16 stations along the trail.

Pryor said another feature at the park is the Mammoth Spring State Park Herb Garden.

"The herb garden was established in 1990 by the Mammoth Spring Garden Club," she said.

The garden club continues to maintain the herb garden. The garden is an ever changing and growing garden featuring herbs for culinary, medical or artistic purposes.

Pryor said park officials ask that visitors do not pick the herbs.

"All plants located in the state park are protected, and it is a violation of state law to remove any plant material from the park," she said.

Pryor said the garden club holds an herb sale each spring. She said the proceeds from the sale of the plants goes directly to maintaining and improving the herb garden.

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